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The Big Nowhere by James Ellroy
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Jul 31, 2011

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The Big Nowhere seems to be the book in which Ellroy found his footing. It reads like a practice run for LA Confidential, which this book precedes and with which it shares some characters. It retains the murder-mystery aspects of Ellroy's earlier work but begins to develop the precise sense of time, place, and character that he's since mastered. He also dips his toe into a complex, interwoven plot that feels simplistic only when compared to his later novels. Like all of Ellroy's books this one's worth the time to read.

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